Zim Legislator Makes Waves In South Africa After Standing Up Against Francophone Bullying
1 June 2021

By A Correspondent| A Zimbabwean legislator Barbara Rwodzi has made waves in South Africa after she stood firm against Franco-phone countries who wanted to cling to power at the Pan African Parliament.

Rwodzi who was backing Chief Fortune Charumbira to the post of Pan African Parliament (PAP) President against a Malian candidate who was being backed by West African countries.

The Zanu PF legislator together Julias Malema vowed that power should rotate and not be a preserve of Francophone countries.

She declared that without rotation, voting would not proceed and this saw her at loggerheads with delegates from West Africa who claimed that Southern African delegates were scared of losing since they did not have numbers.

“This election cannot proceed without the procedures and the advice that came from AU legal council. No rotation, no election, I declare,” said Rwodzi.

The video of the scuffle which is making waves on social media has got South Africa revving about Rwodzi whom they described as bold.

Below are some of the comments from South Africans:

“If we can teach our girls to say ‘NO’ like this MEET @BarbaraRwodzi from Zimbabwe. A FIGHTER”

“This is Barbara Rwodzi from Zimbabwe. A radical who has always wanted to dismiss the belief that politics is for men. Today she has the Pan African Parliament by sc***tum”

“I admired how she refused to be intimidated @barbaraRwodzi,”